Let’s Take a Day Trip


I love day trips! And, there are many fun things to do in July just a short distance away. I did a little research, and this is what I found. Pack up the car with a cooler of refreshing beverages, a picnic lunch and let’s get ready to go.

Oh, what a sight to see! The Tall Ships will be docking in Bay City from July 14 to 17. Organized by Tall Ships America, the maritime festival is a fun time for young and old, alike. Climbing aboard one of the majestic vessels with its billowing sails is probably the most popular attraction at the Tall Ship Celebration. There’s also plenty of lively entertainment, food and maritime music to enjoy.

The Summer Art Fair in Ann Arbor is always on my “can’t miss list”in July. The event, which is in its 47th year, is a judged, fine art event featuring the works of members of the Guild of Artists and Artisans in Ann Arbor’s charming downtown area. Not only will you be dazzled by the artwork, it is also an opportunity to explore unique shops and dine at one of Ann Arbor’s numerous and diverse restaurants and eateries.

This activity should really float your boat: all you need is a little cardboard, some duct tape, and imagination. Build a boat and get ready for some fun in the sun at the Cardboard Boat Race on Lake Nepessing in Lapeer on July 16. All you have to do is construct a boat that will carry a person and won’t sink! Registration begins at 1pm at the Lake Inn Bar & Restaurant and the race begins at 2pm.

This could be an interesting day trip … did you know there’s an Elvisfest in Ypsilanti’s Historic Depot Town? On July 8-9, the Michigan Elvisfest will have you rockin’ around the clock at what the Chicago Tribune has called, “One of the best music festivals in the Mid West.” It’s not an Elvis contest; it is reported to be “a spectacular concert by some of the best Elvis professionals in North America.”

According to Pure Michigan, a Michigan road trip will “fill your spiritual tank,” as there are so many beautiful places to visit. For history buffs, Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village are perfect day trip destinations. Antique lovers will enjoy the Michigan Antique Festival in Midland July 23-24 at the Midland County Fair Grounds. There are almost a thousand antique dealers that offer a wide array of antiques, collectables and much more.

Of course, countless parks and recreational areas are just a stone’s throw away for outdoor enthusiasts. The Holly Recreation Area is an 8,000-acre state-run park of rolling woodlands, lakes and scenic overlooks. It has hiking and biking trails, an 18-hole disc golf course, places to swim and boat – the perfect place to stop, unwind and enjoy that picnic lunch.


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